At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Juglandaceae
Latin Name: Carya laciniosa
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Golden brown
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Oval
Bark: Gray, exfoliates with shaggy appearance
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 8
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 40 to 60 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

A native of the potently moist floodplains and bottomlands of the United States, the Shellbark Hickory is unfortunately not as abundant in number as it once was. Due to its majestic standing and its relative scarcity, encountering this tree in the wild has become a memorable experience. Not as commonly produced in nurseries, this rare gem of a tree grows as a tall ornamental shade specimen that is most suitable to expansive properties and landscapes.

Slow-growing, skyscraping, and long-living like most of its hickory counterparts, Carya Laciniosa is a deciduous tree belonging to the Juglandaceae family. It is distinguished by its opulent and solid yellow-green canopy, its curly-ended and mottling bark, and its edible nuts which are in fact the largest fruits of the hawthorn tree variety—rewarding this tree with its alternative nickname, “King Nut Hickory”. The Shellbark Hickory has a 5-9 hardiness zone rating and is best fostered in conditions allowing for full sun to partial shade. The tree can grow up to 60-80 ft., with a lovely oval architecture and a sizeable 40-60 ft. spread. It thrives best in moist and medium, well-drained soils, explaining its frequent growth along the Ohio, Missouri, and upper Mississippi River valleys.

Non-showy golden-green catkins emerge in April to May. The Shellbark Hickory’s deciduous dark green leaves evolve to shades of lavish golden-brown in the autumn. Commonly confused with the Shagbark Hickory—alongside which it might often be seen to grow—the Shellbark Hickory can be identified with careful attention to its greater quantity of leaflets (seven, as opposed to the Shagbark’s typical five), its more thickly husked nuts, the orange-brown tint of its twigs, and the slightly less pronounced mottling of its disheveled gray bark.

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